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Senator Bakk comments on passing of Sen. Metzen

Longtime Minnesota State Senator Jim Metzen succumbed to cancer late Monday evening at the age of 72. In response, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) released the following statement.

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Transportation Funding Focuses on Safety and Preparedness

The Senate Transportation Budget article passed on Thursday makes a commitment to public safety and opens the door to long-term, sustainable transportation funding for Minnesota. The initiatives in the bill work to make Minnesotans safer from trains carrying hazardous substances, and supports the state’s first responders in emergency preparedness. The new funding also provides a critical investment for the State Patrol so they can continue to train the best law enforcement professionals in the state.

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Senator Metzen honored by colleagues in impromptu tribute

Senator Jim Metzen (DFL-South St. Paul) was honored on the floor of the Senate this week, when nearly two dozen senators of both parties stood up to speak about the former President of the Senate. The long-serving Senator has decided not to run for re-election this year, and his colleagues took the opportunity to thank him for his leadership and service when he filled in to temporarily preside over the Senate again.

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Sen. Metzen Hopes to Return Unclaimed Property to Owners

Senator Jim Metzen (DFL-South St. Paul) is the author of a Senate bill that would increase the Department of Commerce’s ability to return unclaimed property to its rightful owners. Heard Wednesday in the Commerce Committee in which he chairs, the bill would require the Department to take certain actions reaching out to Minnesotans in an attempt to find the rightful owners, with the goal of returning all $700 million to residents.